NYPD Memos Reveal Disturbing Tactics
Minority Report -- the movie about police officers who arrested criminals before they committed their crimes -- seemed like science fiction. Who knew the New York police would take it seriously?
In five internal reports made public yesterday as part of a lawsuit, New York City police commanders candidly discuss how they had successfully used "proactive arrests," covert surveillance and psychological tactics at political demonstrations in 2002, and recommend that those approaches be employed at future gatherings. Among the most effective strategies, one police captain wrote, was the seizure of demonstrators on Fifth Avenue who were described as "obviously potential rioters."
If we can proactively invade countries we deem "potential threats," we might as well proactively arrest individuals who look like "potential criminals."
Other tactics revealed by the memoranda are equally repulsive:
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